Published: March 3, 2020

In accordance with university policy, this event has been postponed until further notice!

Come hear doctors and public policy experts discuss how a warming climate undermines human health.

A panel discussion by:

  • Cindy Copeland, MS, Air Quality Specialist, Boulder County
  • James Crooks, PhD, Epidemiologist & Clinical Assistant Professor, National Jewish Hospital
  • Jay Lemery, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital
  • Jonathan Singer, State Representative & Chair of Public Health Care and Human Services
  • Cecilia Sorensen, MD, Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital

Thursday, Mar. 12

2 to 4:30 p.m.

University Memorial Center, Room 235

Cindy Copeland, MS, Air Quality Specialist, Boulder County: Cindy has worked in the field of air quality for more than 20 years, including in the Air Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Defense Fund. She is currently an Air Quality Specialist for Boulder County Public Health where she works on air quality and climate issues affecting our county, state, and nation, including the impacts of oil and gas development, vehicles, and other major sources of air pollution. Cindy’s work includes a focus on pollution sources that contribute to the formation of ozone and greenhouse gases. She represents Boulder County on several Colorado oil and gas task forces and oversee

James Crooks, PhD, Epidemiologist & Clinical Assistant Professor, National Jewish Hospital: Dr. Crooks is an epidemiologist and statistician at National Jewish Health, the nation’s top-rated respiratory hospital, where he is an Associate Professor. He worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University before moving to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he spent seven years in the Office of Research and Development. Through his years at the EPA and at National Jewish, he has built a research program studying the health impacts of air pollution with a particular emphasis on climate-driven pollutants such as ozone, dust, wildfire smoke, and pollen. His awards include an Impact Award from the EPA, a Global Air Quality Fellowship with the U.S. State Department, and a Webb-Waring Early Career Investigator Award from the Boettcher Foundation.

Jay Lemery, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, CU School of Medicine; Associate Director of the CU Consortium on Climate Change & Health: Dr. Lemery is Chief of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine and a faculty member in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is also a past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. Dr. Lemery has expertise in austere and remote medical care, as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He was the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. He also has written and edited articles and journals on environment and health concerns. Among other publications, he co-authored “Enviromedics: the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health” and co-authored a New England Journal of Medicine study on excess mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Jonathan Singer, MSW, State Representative and Chair of Public Health Care & Human Services: For over 20 years, Representative Singer has worked as a community organizer, a social worker, and a political activist. He has worked as a peer educator at the Boulder County Safehouse, volunteered to help prevent sexual assaults on college campuses, and successfully advocated for affordable housing. He is currently Longmont’s representative to the statehouse where he represents House District 11. As representative, he has worked to protect children’s health and well-being, on health care, on income inequality, and on protection of immigrant rights. He has also stood up to the oil and gas industry, legislatively and otherwise, helping to fight fracking on public lands, and he has long been committed to renewable energy.

Cecilia Sorensen, MD, Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital: Dr. Sorensen is both a physician and physician-investigator studying the intersection of human health, environmental health, and social justice. Her recent work has spanned domestic as well as emergent health issues related to climate change all over the world, including heat stress and worker health in Guatemala, wildfires and health care in the US, the Zika virus in Ecuador, climate change and women’s health in India, and mortality following hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She works to translate this research into policy to build resilience, especially in vulnerable communities, working as a health author for the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment and technical advisor for the Lancet Climate and Health U.S. Policy Brief. She serves on several medical boards investigating climate change and is a scientific advisor for the Citizens Climate Lobby.